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KENTE: The Handwoven Cloth With Royalty In Its DNA, Made In Ghana
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Kente is one of the most recognisable fabrics under the African textiles umbrella. Adopted as a key symbol of Afrocentric identity and Pan-Africanism in the 1960s throughout the African diaspora, it was declared Ghana’s national cloth upon attaining independence in...
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LILABARE: Redefining The ‘Dream Wardrobe’ Concept
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Lilabare (laila-bare) is a Made in Kenya fashion brand that wants you to rethink your wardrobe goals. Founded by Ria Ana Sejpal in 2017, the brand produces clothing and jewellery with sustainability at the heart of their modus operandi. ‘Whether...
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NEW TO TDS: A Taste Of Afropean Designs From Voilà by Lulà
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Voilà by Lulà knows that it’s all in the details. Founder, Lulà Fa, wanted to wear and create a line that reflects her dual identity (Cote d’Ivoire and France) and her personality (modern and traditional). When embarking on her first...
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FABRICE MONTEIRO: The Art Of Conversation Through Photography
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No matter how many times you’ve seen Fabrice Monteiro’s series ‘The Prophecy’, you can’t help but be drawn in by its haunting complexity and artistry. A mix of poignant photojournalism and artistic fashion photography that has us talking about a...
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JUSTIN DINGWALL: Exploring Avenues Less Travelled Through The Lens
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If you’ve flipped through the pages of Elle Magazine SA you’ve probably come across the work of South African photographer and contemporary artist, Justin Dingwall. [Image: © Justin Dingwall]   The successful Johannesburg-based commercial photographer, picked up his first camera...
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TAUNINA: Luxury Teddy-bear Heirlooms Made In South Africa
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You could argue that the teddy bear was the iconic accessory of your childhood. It had a name and a special place in your room, as well as, your heart. But what if you made it something more? Something that...
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ANCIENT AFRICAN JEWLLERY: Design History on the Continent
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Personal decoration has always been a part of African cultures. Thanks to pictorial iconography and tombs excavations, we’ve had a glimpse to what the civilizations before us adorned their bodies with. Right on our shores, ostrich shell beads – believed...
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Nio Far by Milcos: Giving Shoes The Bògòlan Treatment
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Senegalese footwear brand, Nio Far, wants to get mud all over your shoes. Mud cloth, that is. From afar it would appear that founder and designer, El Hadji Malick Badji – alias Milcos Badji – has simply created a footwear...
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Brother Vellies: The IT Shoe Brand Inspired & Made In Africa
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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” words by Charles Caleb Colton in 1820 to show that appreciation can be, in fact, sincere. The “action of using someone or something as a model” can transpire in fashion if accomplished in...
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soleRebels: Lessons From Ethiopia’s Fastest Growing Shoe Brand
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Roots. Culture. Tyres. A simple summary of what has become an internationally recognised shoe brand. Founded by Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, operations began in 2005 in Zenabwork on the outskirts of Addis Ababa; where soleRebels continues to design and produce today....
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Eco-Athleisure: Brands On The Green Side Of The Athleisure Trend
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High performance. To some athleisure fans, fabric and design that makes and active life possible without compromising on comfort or aesthetics is good enough. However, with eco-consciousness growing globally, more customers are demanding greener, sustainable and non-toxic clothing. It was...
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South African Athleisure Brands You Need To Know
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Athleisure is literally everywhere. You didn’t think the African continent would be left behind on this trend, did you? It’s not often that fashion throws out the ‘beauty is pain’ slogan and makes comfort trendy. Looking and feeling good is...
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Material Movements: A Guide to Athleisure Fabrics
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Comfort. Durability. Flexibility. Luxury. These four elements are the mantra of athleisure’s fabrics. As their final product needs to be able to integrate flawlessly into an active and social lifestyle, textiles used to execute athleisure need to support functional and...
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Unusual Suspects: Furniture Designers Who Went Unconventional With Fabric
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Wood. Metal. Cotton. Plastic. You’re guaranteed to hear about one of these materials when it comes to furniture design on the continent. And hey, we’re not complaining. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the tried and tested avenue. But then we...
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